Here lies Dawson “Tiny” Graham, a first baseman who played with the 1914 Cincinnati Reds. The nickname came from his time as a college athlete. He was a not-so-tiny 6’2” and 185 pounds in his MLB days.
Graham attended Davidson College, located near Charlotte, N.C. He played baseball there from 1911-13 and was said to be “one of the classiest of fielders as well as a terror with the stick.” He was a second baseman and center fielder and led the team in hitting in two of his three seasons. Graham also played football at Davidson and was the captain of both teams in his senior year. A 1910 article said that Graham weighed in at just 114 pounds, but was a good quarterback, a hard fighter and a “little demon” in running back kicks.
When he entered organized baseball, he was used primarily as a first baseman. He got off to a quick start in the minors, batting .370 for Cleveland/Morristown of the Appalachian League in 1913 and was hitting over .300 for the Roanoke Tigers when the Reds purchased his contract in July 1914. The price for his contract was said to be substantial.
Graham joined the Reds in late August. He made his first appearance on August 30 as a defensive replacement at first base and then played semi-regularly until the end of the season. Though his average dipped as low as .107 at one point, he got hot in the last couple weeks of the season with several multi-hit games. He brought his batting average up to .230 in 25 games, with 14 hits, 3 RBI and 3 walks. Despite the fact that he was the best-hitting first baseman the Reds had (damning with faint praise, admittedly), he moved on to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League in 1915 and never returned to the majors.
Graham spent three seasons in Toronto, came back to Tennessee for a couple years with Chattanooga and Nashville, and finished his career with Oklahoma City in 1921. Not all of his minor-league statistics are available, but from what we do have, he was a .295 hitter with 1,052 hits, including 21 home runs.
In the 1930 census, Graham was living in Nashville and working as an auto parts salesman. That is the last notice I found of him. Tiny Graham died Dec. 29, 1962 at the age of 70.